Trekking to India: Yoga Lessons I'm Taking Off the Mat

It's late. In all honesty I should probably be sleeping. Yoga practice comes early. But here I am, lying in bed way past bed time because it's the first moment I've had to myself to write anything down all day today, so I'm taking advantage. It's therapeutic in it's own right. Besides, an extra cup of coffee tomorrow morning won't be the end of me. We leave for India in two months. Like, exactly two months as of today. And it will be even sooner once this post goes up on the blog. That's pretty mind blowing. I've been dreaming of Mysore for years now, crossing my fingers and praying that somehow, some day I could practice Ashtanga Yoga in Mysore, India under the guidance of Sharath Jois and

Pose of the Week: Shoulder Stand, AKA Salamba Sarvangasana

Happy Sunday, yogis! Your pose of the week is Salamba Sarvangasana, also known as Supported Shoulder Stand in Sanskrit. Watch the video below for a step-by-step tutorial! If this variation of shoulder stand feels too intense or unreachable, or if you feel pressure in the chest, you can simply lie down on your back, place a yoga block underneath your sacrum, and raise the legs straight up toward the sky. As your practice continues to deepen, so will this pose, so no need to rush. Happy practicing! For love, with love, -E

The Best Yoga Mats of 2018

The yoga community has grown immensely in the past decade, and as such, there are yoga businesses and brands popping up all the time. With so many different yoga mats on the market these days, it can be overwhelming trying to find the right one. As a dedicated practitioner, teacher, and team member at Pulse, I find myself being asked quite frequently which yoga mat I recommend for students. So I've decided to write this post to help answer just that. A few things that make a great yoga mat: 1. A good grip, but still gives the practitioner the ability to transition through poses without getting stuck. It's also important that the mat grips to the ground, so as not to slide closer and closer t

Pose of the Week: Baddha Konasana A, AKA Bound Angle Pose

A new week is ahead of us, yogis! Our newest pose is Baddha Konasana A, or Bound Angle Pose. You may also know it as Butterfly Pose. Baddha Konasana is said to be the greatest of all asanas. Many yogis and yoga teachers will tell you if there is only one pose you can do in a day, make it Baddha Konasana (ideally with a little bit of warming up first!). It's highly beneficial for everyone as it opens the hips, creates space in the spine and wards off all diseases of the digestive system. It's also one of the most recommended yoga poses for women who are pregnant and women who experience any discomfort during menstruation. HOW TO: Sitting down, place the soles of the feet together and let the

Practice & all is Coming

Yoga is defined in the Yoga Sutra as "the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind." A state of unwavering, simple, pure presence. What does that really mean, though? At the base of everything is the truth of everything. From there, we've layered our own thoughts, ideas, perceptions, and understandings of the truth on top of it. Yoga is the stripping off of those layers to thus exist in the base of non-duality yet again. Imagine a light bulb that is eternally shining bright. Now imagine throwing a blanket on top of the light bulb. And then another. And another, and another, and another until eventually there is a huge pile of fabric on top of the light that you can't even see it anymore. Yo

Pose of the Week: Ardha Matsyendrasana, A.K.A. Half Lord of the Fishes Pose

Happy Sunday and Happy Mother's Day! We hope everyone has had a wonderful weekend and are looking forward to the new week ahead! This week's pose is Ardha Matsyendrasana, or Half Lord of the Fishes Pose. It's an awesome spinal twist that wrings out every inch of the torso and simultaneously gives a sweet stretch to the hips. Basically, it's gold. Here's your step-by-step tutorial so that you can practice at home and/or have a deeper understanding of the pose when your yoga teacher cues it in class at the studio. Let's get started on the right side: Step 1: Sitting down with the legs out straight, place the sole of your right foot on the ground on the outside of your left knee Step 2: Bend th

Understanding Yamas: Aparigraha

The Eight Limbs of Yoga: Yamas Aparigraha is the final Yama, or moral code of the yogis. It is commonly translated as non-grasping. It can be a challenge to stay content and bold when everything around us, including our own mind, is screaming that we're "just not there yet." Because if we had this, or looked like that, or made more money, or lived somewhere else, or were someone else entirely... THEN life would be right. THEN happiness would be easy. THEN we'd be worthy. The problem with this thought pattern is just that-- it's a thought pattern. It's cyclical thinking, and it will keep repeating regardless of the success we experience. We get what we wanted and then we want something else.

Understanding Yamas: Brahmacharya

The Eight Limbs of Yoga: Yamas, the first limb. Brahmacharya, the fourth Yama. Brahmacharya literally translates to "to master the creative energy." This Yama, or ethical guideline of the yogis, is the act of controlling our prana (or life force, or vital energy) for the use of our highest evolution. We are creators, co-creating with creation itself. Always. Our actions follow our thoughts and become the reality we live in. It's like that cliche saying, Whether you think you can or think you can't, you're right-- it's true, because YOU make it so. It's very easy to waste energy on things that don't truly matter. We distract ourselves with television. We escape through overindulging in drugs,

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